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UK Canal Map

Our UK canal map shows all the navigable British waterways. It includes all the rivers and canals in England, Wales and Scotland that are suitable for boating along.

UK Canal Map

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Excavator carrying out groundwork
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A section of the Wilts & Berks canal in water
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Moored boats at Snarestone Wharf on the Ashby Canal
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Limehouse Basin
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Hurleston lock flight
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Gronwen Wharf on the Montgomery Canal
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Heritage canal bridge
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Boats cruising in Handsacre on the Trent & Mersey Canal
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a family walking alongside a canal
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A moored boat near bridge 88 near Fradley Junction on the Coventry Canal
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Clayton Le Moors, Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Pauline McGill
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view of a canal through a bridge
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Paul Rodgers standing on a bridge over the Oxford Canal
narrowboat going over an aqueduct
Glasson Basin, Lancaster Canal
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trailboats with bunting cruising along the canal

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British waterways map

All the British waterways that are suitable for boating on are plotted on our UK canal map. This includes canals and navigable rivers.

Also on our UK canal map are the waterways that were used for boating on in the past. Some of these canals are being restored, whilst others are derelict.

How many miles of canals are there in the UK?

There are 4,700 miles of canals and rivers that are navigable in the UK. 2,700 miles of UK canals and rivers are connected up to form a waterways network.

Who maintains the UK’s canals and rivers?

The UK’s canals and navigable rivers are managed by navigation authorities

Waterways Directory

There were once 6500 miles of canals and navigable rivers in mainland Britain. Today 4700 are navigable, with 2700 of those miles forming the connected waterways system of England and Wales.

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